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Special House of Lords visit for Ideagen’s Jane Murdoch

02 February 2018
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Jane was invited south to receive the Silver Alan Butler award along with committee members for their work within Safety Group West Scotland (SGWS)

A key member of Ideagen’s Aviation, Aerospace and Defence team travelled to London to pick up a prestigious safety award recently.

Jane Murdoch, vice chair of Safety Group West Scotland (SWGS), was a special guest at the House of Lords alongside the Group’s chair, Alan Gunn, and secretary, John Sproul.

Jane received the Silver Alan Butler Award thanks to her work for SGWS and Vice Chair of the Scottish Chamber of Safety, an umbrella body overseeing all safety groups in Scotland.

Organised by the Safety Groups UK (SGUK), the Alan Butler Awards took place on Monday, January 29th. The awards recognise, celebrate and communicate the success of Safety Groups and individuals across the UK.

Jane said: “We are absolutely delighted to be accepting this award on behalf of SWGS. The Alan Butler Awards is a main event in the safety calendar for all safety groups across the UK and is a real celebration of personal and group success across the country.”

The Group’s Chair, Alan Gunn, presented to delegates on the importance of the awards and what it means to be recognised at the event. He said: “The work of the SGWS never stops. Last year, once again, the Group performed tirelessly to not only increase safety levels in its area, but to raise awareness of the importance of safety and appropriate safety measures in the workplace.

“This award is testament to the Group’s determination to improve safety levels across the West of Scotland and beyond.”

Each safety group is assessed on five key performance areas including;

  • Communication with members, other health and safety organisations and the wider community
  • Topics and speakers included in its annual programme and/or seminar
  • How they support the HSE and its strategy
  • Key achievements in the last 12 months
  • Retention and recruitment of members

SGWS, formerly SHEF(S), is the oldest safety group in Scotland and one of the oldest in the UK having been in operation for over 80 years. The organisation has strong connections with the SGUK and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Ideagen, which is registered with the SGWS, is an industry leader in Environment, Health and Safety Management not just in the UK but globally. The organisation develops software and provides services to over 3,000 organisations operating in some of the most highly regulated industries including aviation, life sciences, manufacturing and oil & gas.

Jane added: “It is important that organisations, such as ourselves at Ideagen, work with the likes of the HSE and SGUK to improve safety levels and awareness in the UK.

“The HSE are trying to change the face of health and safety in the UK, and both the safety groups and organisations such as Ideagen will be key in aligning those safety messages filtering down from the HSE and SGUK.”

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